Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Accedo, thePlatform, NXP, ActiveVideo, ACTV8, MSG, Acutek, Dune HD, RealNetworks, ADB, AEG, Aereo, Hearst Stations, Alcatel-Lucent, Alibaba, Amazon, CBS

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), and because of the huge volume of news generated by the IBC and IFA conferences, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us):

  • Accedo Integrates thePlatform's mpx Video Commerce Suite with its "TV Everywhere" Solution; Joint Solution "Will Offer Customers Attractive Monetization Models, while Connecting Content Distribution and Management Platforms with Compelling Applications on Any Connected Device, Including Smart TV's, Game Consoles, Mobile Phones and Tablets"
  • Accedo Integrates its "TV Everywhere" Solution with NXP Software's Quickplayer
  • Finland's MTV Media Taps Accedo to Build Samsung Smart-TV App for its OTT Service, Katsomo
  • Liberty Global Selects ActiveVideo's CloudTV Platform to Expand Reach of User Experiences Offered by its Horizon TV Platform; Liberty Global Europe CTO: "Liberty Global Is Using ActiveVideo's CloudTV Platform to Complement its Cloud UI Strategy and Expand Horizon-like Experiences, Including Cloud DVR, VOD Navigation and Advanced Applications, to STB's and Connected Devices"
  • Dutch IPTV Service Provider, Glashart Media (Now Part of KPN), Selects ActiveVideo's HTML5-Enabled CloudTV H5 Platform to Deliver Cloud UI's and Other Interactive Services, Including an EPG, VOD and Cloud DVR, to Thin-Client STB's
  • ActiveVideo Trumpets "Momentum" of its Cloud-Based Interactive TV Technology in European Market; European Cable- and IPTV-Operator Customers Include Glashart, Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs, Ziggo; Says Ziggo Plans to Expand Cloud-Based VOD Services to Customers Using CI+ 1.3 Conditional Access Modules
  • New Madison Square Garden JV, Azoff MSG Entertainment, to Team with United Talent Agency and Social/Interactive TV Company, ACTV8, to Produce Interactive, Live Music Talent-Discovery Competition Show, "Streets of the City"; Show Will Let Viewers Support Contestants via Crowd-Funding
  • Acutek Solutions, Dune HD, RealNetworks Team on OTT/IPTV Solution
  • Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Unveils "Graphyne" User Experience Framework, Billed as "First User Experience to Treat all Media Types Equally, whether Live TV Content, OTT Content, Music, Photos or Third-Party Apps" and as "Bring[ing] the Intuitive Simplicity of 'Lean-Back' TV Navigation to Other Types of Content and Applications across All Devices"
  • ADB Launches "ADB Wideband" 8-Tuner Hybrid Cable HD DVR that Serves as Media Hub for Redistribution of Content to Tablets, Smartphones, Connected TV's and Other Households Devices; First Deployment Will Be with Norway's Canal Digital Kabel-tv
  • ADB Launches Cloud-Based Test Tool
  • ADB Tapped to Power New Indonesian Satellite-TV Service, IMTV; Is also Providing IMTV with Interactive TV Apps
  • AEG Digital Media Launches Cloud-Based Video Transport and Ingest Solution that Utilizes Amazon Web Services
  • Report: Hearst Stations Cites DC Court's Recent Ruling against FilmOn X in Bid to Shut Down Aereo in Boston
  • Alcatel-Lucent Wins Emmy from National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for "Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR"
  • Spanish MSO Telecable Taps Alcatel-Lucent to Power "TV Anywhere" Services that Include Cloud-Based DVR
  • Chinese Ecommerce Giant, Alibaba, Begins Selling Tcommerce-Enabled Set-Top Boxes Powered by its own Smart-TV Operating System; Will Begin Selling Tcommerce-Enabled Smart-TV Sets Next Month; Devices also Let Users Pay Bills via Epayment Technology
  • Amazon, CBS Renew Content-Licensing Deal for "Under the Dome"; Deal Designates Prime Instant Video as "Exclusive Online Subscription Home" for the Series' Second Season
  • Amazon-Owned Broadband Video Service, Lovefilm, Revamps its Streaming App for Samsung Connected-TV Devices; New Features Include Star Ratings, "More Like This" Titles, Watchlist, Enhanced Recommendations, Personalized "Smart Lists"
  • Amazon Rolls Out Version 2.1 of its Instant Video App for iOS; Now Offers AirPlay Support for Streaming Content via Apple TV, Deeper Integration with IMDb



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